About Us

Abilene Christian University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in missions. These degree plans can be accessed at our academics page. The Halbert Institute for Missions (HIM) partners with the academic programs to provide co-curricular formation in missions. This training involves assessment of missionary candidates, the formation and development of teams, as well as site-specific training. HIM also researches opportunities around the world and consults with churches regarding their missions programs.

HIM staff includes the director, Dr. Chris Flanders and four missions coordinators. The coordinators collaborate in missionary and team preparation, yet each brings unique focus and skills. The missions coordinators are:

  • Asia: Larry Henderson
  • Africa: Dr. Sonny Guild
  • Europe: pending 
  • Latin America & South Pacific: Dr. Gary L. Green
  • North America: Dr. Kent Smith

HIM provides opportunities for students to be involved in summer internships and longer apprenticeships around the world. The WorldWide Witness (WWW) program is directed by Dr. Gary Green and Larry Henderson. Since 2002, WWW has sent on average 50 students per year on internships to 40 locations around the globe.

Each summer HIM offers a Summer Seminar in Missions, which includes Mission Focus. During Summer Seminar missions courses can be taken for either academic or continuing education credit. During 2006 Dr. Larrie Gardner of Wycliffe Bible Translators was our resource person, leading a very practical discussion of missionary care. In 2007 Dr. Bruce Smith, former medical missionary in Central America currently working as a public health physician in the San Bernardino County, will address "The Challenge of AIDS and the Church’s Response." In 2008 Dr. Tom Wymore led a workshop on "Empowered Coaching" which was beneficial to all involved in missions and ministry.

See also the essay A Short History of Missions at ACU, 1968 - 2004.